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WAKE UP CALL!: Are homeowners getting savvier about foreclosure?
NEWSPAPER DESIGN: Great graduation photo packages
BEST OF THE DAY: Readers' dad stories
SUMMER HEALTHY LIVING: How to avoid and treat sunburn and heat illness, fresh fruit juice recipes and what to know about new sunscreen labels
SUMMER DRINK RECIPES CALLOUT: Send your favorite cold beverage recipes
HOW-TO TAB: How to choose the best hairstyle for your face, build a website cheaply, destress and more
JULY FAMILY: Save on amusement park tickets, fun car-ride games for kids and a no-cook dinner recipe
FOURTH OF JULY PAGE: Patriotic quotes
HEALTH WATCH: 4 tips for getting better health care -- weekly Health Watch with items on how to get more out of your health care, how to apply sunscreen to infants, the increase of global blood donors and more. By GHNS
LIMB REGROWTH: Salamanders may have secret to human-limb regrowth -- Scientists, including a professor and his students at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill., are using the salamanders to learn how people grow and develop. These salamanders may one day help us understand how humans could re-grow limbs lost during accidents or war. Chris Young/ Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)
COFFEE PRICES: Bean counters grind out coffee price hike -- On May 24, the J.M. Smucker Company announced an average of 11 percent increase on Folger’s, Dunkin Donuts and Millstone coffees, their fourth increase this year –– Smucker’s owns those domestic coffee brands. The next day, Starbucks announced a 17 percent increase on its bagged coffee. Saimi Bergmann/ Canton (Ohio) Repository
* Localization tip: Interview local coffee houses on how they are handling the price hikes for coffee beans.
DAVID ROBSON: Tending tropical plants in northern climates -- Banana leaves, elephant ears and cannas make the most visual impact. Like all tropical plants, they thrive in the Midwest summer humidity and heat, and they dislike cool temperatures. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
* Comments idea: Leave your tips for caring for tropical plants in the comments field at the bottom of the page.
GARY BROWN: Ball games of days gone by were so much easier -- We sunk the building blocks into the foot-hardened infield soil for first base and third base, as well. Home plate was made of plywood that was shaped the same as a major league home plate but not anchored in the soil at all. Slide into it or even step down on it in any way except straight down and the aerodynamic projectile would shoot off toward the shins of the catcher or the next batter. Canton (Ohio) Repository
DIANA BOGGIA: Journey to a better mother-daughter relationship - In this series, Diana Boggia introduced the possibility that a child’s bad behavior was a result of sensory integration disorder, and offers advice to a mother on how to adapt to her 9-year-old daughter’s increased sensitivity to such things as air and water temperature. By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.
JEFF VRABEL: Time for a Superpublican - BARACK OBAMA HAS FAILED, according to basically everyone whose cocktail money depends on squealing like a monkeyperson on television about how everyone currently in office has failed, preferably on a show that's on loud enough to prevent you from having to talk during dinner. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.
JULY GO GREEN: Click the link for July Go Green stories on going paperless, keeping a green kitchen, an eco-friendly picnic and more. GHNS
CLARENCE CLEMONS: Clarence Clemons brought more than talent as Bruce Springsteen's sideman - Bruce Springsteen’s longtime saxophone player and sideman Clarence Clemons passed away Saturday at age 69 after complications from a stroke he suffered last week. Oddly enough, when I heard, my first thought wasn’t of one of the many E Street Band shows I’ve seen, but of a Bruce Springsteen concert where Clemons was nowhere to be found. By Peter Chianca, North Shore, Mass.
* Facebook idea: Ask readers to share their memories of Clarence Clemons.
EDITORIAL: The war on drugs - a $1 trillion failure - A milestone in America's longest war passed quietly on Friday. Too quietly. On June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared that "Public enemy No. 1 in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive." By MetroWest, Mass.
* Poll idea: Ask readers how successful they think the drug war has been.
RICK HOLMES: Where the money went - With Washington politicians playing a game of chicken over the debt ceiling, maybe we should pause in the political argument for a little bookkeeping. By Rick Holmes, MetroWest, Mass.
Business / auto
AUTO BITS: Keep your engine cool when temps heat up - Weekly auto rail, with car-care tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.
* Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, or have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week.
GREG ZYLA: The $1.7 million dream car - What is your favorite if you could purchase anything you wished and money was no problem? By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.
* This contains a letter from Coldwater, Mich.
ON COMPUTERS: Hello, tech support? Hello? Hello? - A lot of companies are living for the present and seem oblivious to losing a customer in the future. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.
SHOESTRING LIVING: Don’t procrastinate when paying bills - Thanks to a recent blog post by financial expert J.D. Roth on his site, Getting Rich Slowly, I must embellish on one of his great ideas: Pay bills as soon as you get them. Somewhere along the line, I developed the habit of scheduling delivery of my bills within perfect timing of their due dates, ensuring I didn’t pay out until the last possible second. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist.
National budget 6.20.11
GateHouse News Service National Budget